By Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- I have heard the line retold a number of ways but basically it was stated “God didn’t make all men equal—Mr. Colt did.”
Samuel Colt was the American gun designer who came up with a very successful multiple shot revolver. From his early ball and cap black powder handguns, to his world famous 1873 cartridge loading single action, to his modern double action revolvers he led the day for the common man to defend himself.
You did not have to be a mighty warrior with years of training in the close combat skills of using offensive and defensive cutting weapons such as swords, knives, bows & arrows and fighting axes. You did not have to be six foot four and bench press 400 pounds to defend your family and yourself. You could be Harvey Milktoast weighting in at 120 pounds soaking wet, but if you could hold a Colt handgun out in front of you and aim it correctly you, the weaker human, could best the trained killer who was trying to harm you.
And with a revolver that shot six rounds of evil DNA stopping lead bullets you could in fact deter more than one purveyor of harm.
Sam Colt also made women equal.
Nothing says and means “no” more positively without any misunderstanding of her intention to use self defense deadly force to a group of men who are planning to do bodily harm to a female, than a handgun pointed at them. As a round is dispatched to the leader of the group of men who falsely believe that potentially they will harm the “alleged weaker” female, her point is succinctly made that her possible victimhood will cost them dearly.
The Colonel and I are fans of the Walking Dead series and we just finished season one of the Vikings. One takes place in modern day Georgia, USA and the other in 740 AD Scandinavia. There is a never-ending and very graphic amount of hand-to-hand fighting and dying going on in both TV series. Of course in the Walking Dead they have firearms.
As the seasons go on the surviving cast members seem to acquire more and better firearms. You would think they could manage all the contacts with the “biter-zombies” from a safe distance, (since the biters move so slowly) but no. Our hero’s continual find themselves with only a knife or some kind of striking device or gardening tool fighting off “walkers” who want to have the living for breakfast.
In the Viking series obviously there are no firearms and the battle ax appears to be the favorite weapon of choice. Without firearms to stop a “walker” in today’s world you have to be close enough to smell the rotting flesh and the perpetual morning bad breath they always manifest as they attempt to chow-down on your still living body.
The Viking men and women in the series appear to be able to fight for hours in close quarters, killing enemy after enemy without getting tired. In the Walking Dead some of your favorite characters who have been on the show for multiple seasons wind up as lunch for a herd of “walkers” because they made the mistake of taking the fight to the “walkers” using their Swiss Army knife.
Of course immediately after the pocket knife wielding, now human sushi is freshly dined on, one of the heroes’s of the story uses a self loading, magazine feeded rifle to kill thirty “walkers” in seconds.
Modern firearms save the day, sort-of. I have knives and swords and clubs and fighting shovels and axes. Most were picked up at gun shows or garage sale over the past thirty years for very little money. They hang on a wall and are interesting conversation starters but in the back of my mind I know I am not going to run headlong in to a group of real world walker-type bad guys dispatching them, thereby saving the day. I am an old man and I am going to get real tired, real fast and perhaps real dead if I try to defend myself and my family with a short sword and a broad ax.
I will however strongly suggest that some of these anciently designed weapons should find a place in your battery of preparedness tools.
Rodger’s Rangers in the French and Indian War were taught to always keep their ax at the ready to finish off the enemy so as to not waste limited ammunition. In our modern world there is no substitute for a good working rifle and lots of ammo. A handgun and a sharpened fixed blade knife combination are second on the list.
Your freedom and your life are not negotiable with evil. Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are finding this out right now. You cannot fight tyranny with a sharp stick.
21 Feb 2014 / Major Van Harl USAF Ret. / [email protected]
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.” [email protected]